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  • Talk on Book of Jeremiah

     by Msgr Ambrose Vaz

     Mondays starting 15 Jan 2018

     >www.stmary.sg/scripturenights

We invite all parishioners to update the parish office of any changes in their particulars through this online form.

(You can also download the pdf and submit the hard copy to the parish office)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS 

 

Musings 

 Musings: Friar Esmond Chua, OFM

God’s Stationaries

 

This weekend, as the Advent’s story continues to unfold with the entry of John the Baptist, calling people to “Repent!” In the Gospel, what struck me most about him, was a line he gave to those who were wondering who he was. And that line is “He must increase, I must decrease”.

 

As I reflect on that line, I am reminded of what St Theresa of Calcutta once said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God”. If you think about it, this is exactly what we are called to be as Christians: God’s stationeries!

 

   Be it colour pencils to brighten the world with God’s beauty by our deeds of love
   Or erasers to forgive sin and hurt caused to each other by our acts of forgiveness
   Or just “ordinary” pencils / pen’s to write God’s message of love in the world

 

The bottom line is, whichever “stationery” we have been made to be, all of us are called to decrease in importance just as how stationaries shrink with greater usage: It gets less and less the more we use it.

 

As this season of Advent slowly comes to an end with the birth of Christ next week, the parish for the first time will be having its inaugural parish-wide outreach. It is the perfect platform as a community of faith, to bring back again the spirit and meaning of Christmas to a world that has been consumed by consumerism and materialism.

 

How do you wish to decrease so that our sisters and brothers at the rental blocks can increase?

  Will you give your time to pray for this event?
      (Using the prayer specially composed for this event. 
      It can be found in FB, SMOTA App and Instagram)
Will you give your Self to be present at the event? 
      (Details of time and venue in the bulletin)
Will you give your gifts and talents to inspire and touch 
      the hearts of our sisters and brothers at the rental blocks?
      For there is a saying: Our life is God’s gift to us, what we do with it is our gift to God.

 

The choice is yours. Let’s be “God’s stationaries” by giving our best for Christ this Christmas.

 

This has been our parish’s advent theme: The finest gifts we bring.
What shall yours be?

 

Parish Prayer In Preparation For The Advent Outreach Project

Parish Prayer in Preparation for the Parish Wide Advent

 

Advent Highlights 

Advent Growth Session

Next Formation: 18 December 2017, 8pm (Gubbio)
Topic: Mary, Joseph and Jesus: The Holy Family

 

Simbang Gabi 2017

4th Night, SMOTA | Monday, 18 December 2017, 8pm
For more information please contact: 
Bro. Arman +65 9767 9102, Bro. Charles +65 9169 8509
All are welcome!

 

Penitential Service

19 December, 8pm | SMOTA

Celebrate the mercy of God as a community. 

 

Advent Outreach Project

23 Dec (10am - 1pm)
Block 210A & 109, Bukit Batok East Ave 6
The parish reaches out to the residents of our neighbourhood.
Just turn up at these blocks and be a gift to the people of the community.

 

Mass Timings And Prayer

Mass Timings And Prayer:


4th Sunday of Advent:                        24 December

7:30am (Mandarin),    9am,    11am,    1pm    |    No evening Masses

 


 

Christmas Eve celebration:                24 December

6:30pm,    9pm,    12 midnight

 

     Crib Service - Tailored for all children

     24 Dec, 6pm

     Parents, please bring your children to participate in this celebration of the Nativity of Christ.

 

     SMOTA Nativity Play - “The Night Before Christmas”

     24 Dec, 8pm | Main Church

 

     Christmas Cantare and Christmas Vigil Mass - Te Deum Laudamus Choir

     24 Dec,11.00 pm – 11.45 pm (followed by Christmas Vigil Mass at midnight)

     Praise and Worship session for this year’s Christmas Cantare,

     a prelude to the Christmas Vigil Mass on 24 Dec.

 


 

Christmas Day celebration:               25 December

7:30am (Mandarin),    9am,    11am,    1pm    |    No evening Masses

 


 

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God:     1 January 2018

6:55am,    12:15pm,    7pm

 

      Franciscan Crown - Legion of Mary

     1 Jan 2018, 5:45pm just before the Monday evening vesper

 

Random Security Bag Checks 

The Parish Security team will be conducting random bag checks prior to your entrance into the Church for all Masses on 24 and 25 December.

This is to ensure safety of all parishioners in view of all the recent security incidences around the world. These requests have been given by the security team of the Archdiocese to be carried out at all parishes in Singapore.
We seek your cooperation for the benefit and safety of everyone.

 

GIFT Collection 

The weekend of 16/17 Dec, there will be a second collection for the GIFT (Giving in Faith & Thankfulness) campaign. GIRO forms, cheques or cash can be sealed into GIFT envelopes and dropped into the collection bags that will go around. Spare GIFT envelopes are available in the church pews, and at the parish office. Please give generously for the vision of the archdiocese. More info is available at gift.catholicfoundation.sg.

 

Children Christmas Party, Sun 17 Dec 2017 

Sunday 17 Dec 2017, 5pm - 9pm, St Clare Hall

Tickets on sale at the Piazza after every Mass. Highlights include Magic Show, Balloon Sculpture, Carolling, Christmas Crib Contest, Nativity Photo-taking, Christmas in Song, Lucky Draw, etc. Adults (above 18) $12, Teens (12-18) $10, Children (6-12) $8, Children below 6 - Free.

Poster Children Christmas Party 

 

Christmas Party For The Poor And Needy, 17 Dec, St Clare Hall 

SSVP SMOTA Christmas present collections for the Poor and Needy families.

Friends in Need Christmas Wish list will be displayed on the Notice Board.

Collections @ Piazza on:

  2 December – 4.30pm to 7pm

  3 December – 9am to 1.30pm

  9 December – 4.30pm to 7pm

 10 December – 9am to 1.30pm

Contact Joachim @ 9815 8968 or David @ 9831 9854 for any logistics enquiries.

SMOTA Xmas party volunteers 

 

Gubbio Closed

Gubbio will be closed on Saturdays until 20 Jan 2018.
Gubbio will remain open on Sundays except on 24 and 31 Dec 2017.

 

St Clare Intercessory Prayer Ministry Session

There will be no Intercessory prayer session on 21, 26 and 28 Dec.
Prayer session will resume on Jan 2, 2018.

 

Canticle Books+Gifts Shop

Canticle will be closed from Sunday 24 Dec 2017 - Friday 5 Jan 2018 inclusive.

 

Msgr Ambrose Vas Talk On Book of Jeremiah, Starting 15 Jan 2018

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Often used in our first reading, the book of Jeremiah contains a rich story of love and courage as God calls the reluctant prophet to proclaim his message of repentance. Join us for this 15-part series on the Book of Jeremiah led by Msgr Ambrose Vaz on Monday evenings (8-10pm) starting 15 January 2018.

Register your interest at www.stmary.sg/scripturenights

 

We need to know the numbers so as to prepare the relevant logistics for this event. 
Jan: 15, 22, 29; Feb: 12, 19, 26; Mar: 5, 12, 19 Apr: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May: 7

 

St Francis Kids’ Club Registration 2018 

The Church sees parents as the best educators for their children to experience God’s Love. 
At St Francis Kids’ Club, our faith programme for pre-schoolers (aged 4, 5 & 6 in Y2018) includes parent involvement in our approach.

Register Online at: http://bit.ly/2018_SFKCregistration

For more details visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/stfranciskidsclub or email: sfkcsmota@gmail.com

 

Casting Call For SMOTA Passion Play 2018 

CALLING FOR PERFORMERS AND MUSICIANS FOR SMOTA PASSION PLAY

The Church of St Mary of the Angels, will be producing a full-length Passion Play scheduled to be staged during the week of Lent in 2018. It will present the life of Jesus from His entry into Jerusalem till His resurrection. It will be a semi-musical.

We’re looking for actors, singers, musicians, and crew, and for people who can help create some of the props. All are welcome to register regardless of your age.

 

Auditions will be held to select the performers at a date and time to be announced. Those selected will help in the development of the script.

Rehearsals are scheduled to start by January 2018 at the latest and the performance is scheduled for the week before Good Friday with possibly 5 performances, 3 night performances and 2 matinees.

The main cast of characters will include but is not limited to : Yeshua (Jesus), Peter, John, James, Simon, Judas, Andrew, Thaddeus, Philip, Matthew, Thomas, Bartholomew, James the Younger, Simon of Cyrene, Herod, Centurion, Pilate, Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene.

 

All songs will be supported by a live band, so we’re also looking for musicians as well. Those of you who are keen to participate, whether as a performer, musician, crew or in any other capacity, please leave your name and contact number. Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!

> Click here to register

 

 

#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions 

As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.

Prayers are offered:

  1. For healing and reconciliation of all broken relationships in families, especially for couples who are heading for divorce.
  2. For liberation of loved ones from gambling addiction which causes financial hardship and anxiety to family.
  3. For the safe carriage and smooth deliveries for all pregnant mothers.
    Also for married couples who are praying to conceive babies.
  4. For all ‘special needs’ people in our midst to be supported and accepted with love and kindness.
  5. For protection and safety of all who travel.
  6. For hope and recovery of those who are critically ill and have been admitted into hospital, and also for successful treatment of those who are undergoing major surgery this week.
  7. For consolation of all bereaved families who are grieving over the loss of their loved ones, especially those who died suddenly.

 

 

Thanksgiving Received 

Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.

  1. Mother Mary, we love You and thank You for being with us always and interceding for us. 
    Please walk with us always be it happy, sad or troubled times. Amen!
  2. Lord, I’m grateful and thankful for another new day and for close support of my family, relatives, neighbours, friends and especially my fiancée during my difficult times.
    For all the unexpected moments and blessings, thank You, Lord.

 

New SMOTA App 

SMOTA app (our discipleship tool) is an engaging one, packed with awesome features that will help you to learn, engage and grow:

• Musings from our Friars
• Prayer wall (we pray as a community for you)
• Receive important/inspiring notifications
• SMOTA Engage (very own social wall)
• Bulletin
• Saint of the day
• Reflections - On the go reads
• Bible & much more
• Loyalty programs coming soon


Download now at this link: http://myapp.churchappbuilder.com/promo/#SMOTA, on Google Play or iTunes, and please register and update your profile to enjoy all the features.

Android users, please delete the previous app before installing the new one.

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at parish@stmary.sg

 

Portiuncula Ministry - for Young Adults 

The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.

Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm

Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to portiuncula@stmary.sg

 

SHARE THE FAITH - BUILD THE BODY OF CHRIST 


RCIA

For those interested in the Catholic faith, please contact Philip Lee at philipjameslee@gmail.com

JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND LIFE

Know someone who is interested in the Catholic faith?
Share Jesus and the meaning of life here on earth by introducing them to the RCIA.
Do your part, share God’s love.

 


NEW RCIC AND RCIY 2017/2018

RCIC      Starting on Apr 22, every Saturday at 1pm;                   Age 7 - 12
RCIY      Starting on Apr 23, every Sunday at 9.30am - 11am;    Age 13-16

For more information, email: acheong@stmary.sg

 

Notice On Catechism Sessions **Parents Please Take Note** 

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226

 

The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.

In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?

Make Catechesis a priority!

Recruitment For Parish Emergency Response Team 

The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.


If you possess medical, security or defence expertise, do kindly email Johnny Keong (keongjohnny@yahoo.com) OR Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg).

We NEED HELP! 

The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!

 

IT Volunteer

We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (justin@stmary.sg).

 

Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van

We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.

 

Sunday 11am Choir

The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.

 

Ministry     Help Needed     Contact Person and Details    

Catechetical Office

 

Catechists

 

Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg)

 

Coffee Cart    

 

Baristas (Weekends)  

 

Rose Noronha (rosenoronha5@gmail.com

Sun 11am Choir    

Chorister, Musicians

tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com

 

Canticle Books + Gifts    

 

Sales

 

Anna Murphy (pietyshop@stmary.sg)

 

Frontdesk

 

Manning the frontdesk  

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Frontdesk

 

Bilingual Volunteers

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

 

 

News

FRIARS

 

 Fr Clifford pic   friars JustinLim

Fr Clifford Augustine  

Fr Justin Lim  

Parish Priest  Assistant Parish Priest 

clifford@stmary.sg

justin@stmary.sg

 

Fr Esmond Chua OFM  Fr Jason Richard OFM

Fr Esmond Chua

 Fr Jason Richard

Assistant Parish Priest   Assistant Parish Priest  

esmond@stmary.sg

jason@stmary.sg

Youth & Young Adult Adult & Family life

MASS TIMINGS

Simbang Gabi 2017 | 4th Night

Mon 18 Dec, 8pm

 

Advent Penitential Service
19 Dec - SMOTA (8pm)
14 Dec - Blessed Sacrament Church (8pm)
15 Dec - Holy Cross (8pm)
18 Dec - St Iggy (8pm)
20 Dec - St Francis Assisi (8pm)

 

4th Sunday of Advent | 24 Dec

7.30am (Mandarin), 9am, 11am, 1pm

No evening Masses

 

Christmas Mass Timings

Christmas Eve, 24 Dec

  6:30pm, 9pm & 12mn

Christmas Day, 25 Dec

  7:30am (Mandarin), 9am, 11am, 1pm
  No evening Masses will be celebrated on Christmas Day.

 

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God:

1 January 2018

6:55am, 12:15pm, 7pm

 

Weekday

  •   6.55am (with Morning Prayer)
  • 12.15pm
  •   7.00pm (Liturgy of the Hours at 6.30pm)

Saturday

  • 6.55am
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.15pm

Sunday

  •   7.30am (Mandarin)
  •   9.00am
  • 11.00am
  •   1.00pm
  •   5.00pm
  •   7.00pm

3rd Sunday

  • 3.00pm (Indonesian)

4th Saturday

  • 7.30pm (Tamil)

 

More timings >

 

Getting Here

By MRT:

Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok

By Bus:

Linkway Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 6: 61, 66, 157, 174, 178, 852

Main Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 2: 970, 985

By Car:

Click here for details on parking

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